BG John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower

BG John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower

Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Death 21 Dec 2013 (aged 91)
Trappe, Talbot County, Maryland, USA
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section XXVII, Row A, Site 18H.
Memorial ID 122011675 · View Source
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US Army General, Military Historian, US Ambassador to Belgium. He was the youngest of two children born to future US President and United States Army General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie. After completing high school, he was selected to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1941 and graduated with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in June 1944. He served in the US Army during World War II and taught English for three years at the Academy before volunteering for service during the Korean War. He briefly saw combat as a battalion commander with the 3rd Infantry Division during the war until he was reassigned to the safety of division headquarters, out of fear that his death or capture would be a distraction to his father who was campaigning for the presidency at that time. He remained on active duty until 1963 and then served in the US Army Reserve until his retirement in 1975 at the rank of brigadier general. During his father's presidency, he served as Assistant Staff Secretary in the White House, on the Army's General Staff, and in the White House as an assistant to General Andrew Goodpaster. In 1969 he was appointed by President Richard Nixon as the US Ambassador to Belgium and served in that capacity until 1971. In 1972 President Nixon appointed him Chairman of the Interagency Classification Review Committee and in 1975 he served President Gerald Ford as chairman of the President's Advisory Committee on Refugees. He was a noted historical author and wrote over 10 books, including "The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge" (1969), Allies, Pearl Harbor to D-Day" (1982), "So Far from God: The US War with Mexico, 1846-1848" (1989), "Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott" (1997), "Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I" (2001), "General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence" (2003), "Zacchary Taylor" (2008), "A Morning in June: Defending Outpost Harry" (2010), and "Soldiers and Statesmen: Reflections on Leadership" (2012). Among the awards and decorations he received during his military career include the Bronze Star Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze service stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal with "Germany" Clasp, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Korea Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Glider Badge. He died at the age of 91.

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